an increasing number of migrants and refugees have tried to cross the sea to reach the United Kingdom in recent months| Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Maxppp/J. Ben Azzouz
an increasing number of migrants and refugees have tried to cross the sea to reach the United Kingdom in recent months| Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Maxppp/J. Ben Azzouz

French maritime authorities have rescued around 100 migrants attempting to cross the Channel between Britain and France. The migrants were taken to the French port of Calais.

Around 100 migrants have been rescued just off the coast of Calais in northern France while trying to cross the English Channel, said the local French maritime body on Saturday (August 21).

Only 30 kilometers away from the England's southern shores, Calais is the closest point on the EU mainland to UK soil.

The number of migrants and refugees trying to cross the sea to reach the United Kingdom has been increasing in recent months. InfoMigrants recently reported that more than 10,000 people have managed to make it across the Channel, increasing numbers on small boats, so far this year. 

The French and British authorities have toughened security measures on both sides to stop people from making the dangerous crossing.

Also read: Channel crossings: Migrants in Calais not deterred by plans to 'militarize the border'

French President Emmanuel Macron said this month that there was a risk of a wave of migrants towards Europe due to the turmoil in Afghanistan after Taliban Islamists seized power in that country.

With Reuters

 

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